Grain-Free Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are both grain and sugar-free, you will know how hard it can be to find satisfying alternatives for baked goods. These cookies have the flavor, texture, and appearance of a traditional peanut butter cookie but do it without the use of grains or sugar. It uses monk fruit, a sweetener that is new at the Co-op. Due to its unique genetic makeup, monk fruit is sweetened with the natural chemical mogroside. This means that it tastes like sugar but doesn’t affect insulin or blood sugar levels the way sugar, honey, maple syrup, and other such sweeteners do. Unlike other alternative sweeteners, it has no aftertaste at all. Thus, these cookies taste sweet and satisfy the need for a healthy cookie.

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2 cups natural peanut butter

2 eggs

1/8 cup monk fruit (or more depending on taste)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbls coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix together peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and monk fruit. Melt the coconut oil and add to the dough, mixing until fully incorporated. Take a spoon and measure out approximately 1/4 cup of dough. Shape it into a wall with your hands and place on a cookie sheet either greased over covered in parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough. The cookies will not spread so you can place them relatively close together. Using a fork, smoosh down each cookie using the traditional cross method for peanut butter cookies. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the bottom of the cookie, is golden brown. The cookies are delicate when hot so be careful while transferring them to a cooling rack.